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Kate Bosworth Talks About "Beyond the Sea" and Playing Sandra Dee

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Kate Bosworth Beyond the SEa

Kate Bosworth as Sandra Dee in "Beyond the Sea"

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Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey poured his heart and soul into bringing the life of Bobby Darin to the big screen in "Beyond the Sea."

"Beyond the Sea" briefly shows Darin's childhood and then focuses on his life as an actor and singer. It also delves into the relationship between Darin and his wife, the ever-so-innocent Sandra Dee. Kate Bosworth ("Blue Crush") takes on the role of Sandra Dee, bringing to it that spirit of innocence and purity audiences always loved about the talented actress.

"Sandra Dee was the biggest box office star in the United States for about seven years running. She and Bobby were the most talked about couple in Hollywood. They were the Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston of their day, I guess," says Spacey. "Kate Bosworth is beautiful, funny, surprising, and completely right as the idea of an icon, an American sweetheart."

INTERVIEW WITH KATE BOSWORTH ('Sandra Dee'):

Did you know anything about Sandra Dee or Bobby Darin before making this movie?
I didn’t know anything about either of them. I knew the names, especially Sandra Dee from the spoof in “Grease.” That was pretty much it. And I’m sure a lot of my generation, that’s all they’ll know as well.

Did you look at her old films to get an idea of her?
I did. When I got the role, I rented a few of her films – “A Summer Place” - and I started watching them and got really nervous because I wanted to imitate or mimic [her], and I got really caught up in it. I went to Kevin [Spacey] and said, “I don’t know. I’m trying to move like her exactly and I think I need a movement coach and a speech coach. I need a lot of coaches for this part. I’m not sure.” And he was like, “Oh, no, no, no. We’re not doing an imitation. That would be really boring. Take it with a grain of salt. We’re creating characters from our own hearts as well.” So I starting watching films and started to read a lot. I read “Dream Lover” which Dodd Darin wrote, which was the most helpful.

Did you get a chance to meet Sandra Dee?
No. She just saw the movie last night, which is really exciting, and she loved it. That’s good. She’s a really private person. She’s seeing things in her own time. It must be really weird to have a movie made about you. I can’t even imagine.

Now that you got a little snippet of what it was like in the 1960s, would you have liked to have lived back then?
It was different. It was an exciting time. For me, it was stepping back but it wasn’t so far back. It wasn’t like playing somebody from the 1800s where it’s like really trying to imagine what it was like. It was just a bit further back for me. It was interesting, a real time of change.

What was it like working with a director who is also your co-star? He probably even catered this production.
I know. I feel like his name should be in every slot in the credits. It was incredible. I never felt jarred. I never felt like I was sitting there acting with him and feeling like, “Is he directing me? Is he thinking of something else?”

He was so 100 % focused and devoted to whatever he was doing in that moment. Then as soon as he’d say ‘cut’, he’d go straight into director mode and go right behind the cameras and watch playback and got right into director mode. He did it incredibly.

The text at the end of the movie says she loves him to this day. What do you think kept Sandra Dee so in love when we see how hard it was for her in this movie?
It think it’s just love. They’re in love. To me, love and war can be hand in hand sometimes, especially in their relationship. When they first got married, I don’t think they really knew each other. In fact she said that. She didn’t really know him and he didn’t really know her. They just met on this movie and were infatuated and then got married. She was in the situation where she hadn’t really thought it out. All of a sudden she was in this house that was Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Darin’s house and she freaks. And then they got to know each other during the marriage.

I think it boiled down to the fact that they wanted two totally different things. Her wanting a family. She liked making movies, but didn’t really love it. She really just wanted a family, a house, child and a normal life and she never really had that so she wanted that. And Bobby wanted to do everything he possibly could in the shortest amount of time because he never really know how long it would last. So, these people really loved each other but were on two different journeys. It was difficult for them to match up a lot of the time. I think it was really about that. I don’t think they ever looked at each other and said, “I don’t love you anymore.” It was never about that. I was always about, “You want this and I want this,” and I think that was what was hard about it.

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